Black Lives Matter

We are in a public discussion on Black Lives Matter, not how every life matters. This is known. Black Lives Matter is a movement that we all are involved and accountable because racial injustice happens in every community. Black Lives Matter is a strong, meaningful voice for our nation by means of educating and bringing change concerning cultural inequality, systematic racism, and white privilege. 

When social movements fight for equality and civility, and fight against the abuse of civic power, it is deserving of personal attention and reflection. We all live in an era where racist groups exist, when civil war and civil rights movements changed our county. We know that segregation, discrimination, protests, and the development of new laws have been mandated by the public voice, not by the one percent. It is our responsibility as the masses to carefully consider the rhetoric of public discourse versus the real, life changing issues that focus on how social movements advance a better quality of life, laws, and equal opportunities for all people.  Black Lives Matter is important because it is a united voice that transcends across race, law, or media to humanitarian rights, to raise awareness and accountability, pushing our culture further to show more social acceptance, justice, maturity, and diversity. 

Why should any minority in this nation need to fight for their rights?  If we live in a community where people are suffering and treated poorly, why not want to help? This is true for Native Americans, for Latinos, for women, for the disabled, for the LGBTQ community, for African Americans or Asians, for immigrants, for any minority that suffers at the hand of discrimination. This is also true for any person that suffers at the hand of injustice. This is why the justice system was created, to protect and to serve the citizen, each citizen, without discrimination, and yet great ideals are daily undermined by things like white privilege.

When minorities or whistle blowers, or movements rise up to say, there is a problem, there is not equality, then the general public and leaders of this nation need to hear the problem instead of fighting against it. We need to find solutions by supporting one another. This changes culture, atmosphere, beliefs. Black Lives Matter brings to surface just how many main streets of America still barbarically embrace fear tactics, and corruption.  There is a great need to expand civil rights and justice in our communities. 

I was driving back to California from Texas when I saw the brutal murder of George Floyd on the news. I wept. In dedication to George Floyd:

One man is more than a man. He is an example, turned into a platform for boots and arms and knees and whiteness. Whiteness is a mentality of superiority because of privilege, not just race. Crushed down into the cement. I am surprised there is no dent. What did the badge see when forcing another human not to breath; fear, hatred, both? What did the badge see when there was no breath, and the chest was still, and the back no longer moved. Was the badge conscious of just taking a human life? Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters across the screens are turned inside out, devices holler and weep, and wonder, why! Why was another young black life murdered? Why did hatred win? Why was there not someone who stopped the brutal scene?

Oh America the beautiful, I weep. You have always been ugly behind your pretty words and false morality. You’ve been neglectful, abusive, and power hungry, always pointing the finger. Since this nation’s existence, Uncle Sam has been represented, managed, and favored by dollar signs making too many laws while denying respect, generosity, and equality in our customs. Too little has been done about inequality, so much so, that after war, civil unrest, aborhorant casualties on American streets, political upheavals, we still see murders too unjust to be forgotten.  We are better people than the excuses. We are loving human beings. I believe we can all do something about the racism in our own backyards. How else is an entire nation going to shift an ancient mindset.

To deny the racial dilemma is to turn a deaf ear to the vast number of people in our nation that are crying out enough is enough.  Let’s step out of denial, stop minimizes the issues at hand, stop lacking civil empathy, insight, education, and love. Support and stand for Black Lives Matter, because to have to say so- that Black Lives Matter, proves a great failure already in our nation. Let us not forget how this movement got started, by mothers protesting that their child’s life mattered, begging for justice and change.  

We all say we want what is right, so why not stand for our sister’s cause, our brother’s cause. Why not make it our cause. It is our voice and attitude that helps bring change to our neighborhoods by simply being culturally aware and sensitive. Racism is not a problem that any select group of our society faces alone. We created it together, we fix it together. This is social maturity. Pick up responsibility and know that racism exists, that it divides people and enables hatred. As a nation we need police reform, justice reform, civil right reform that raise wages for minorities, creates equal opportunities in neighborhoods and schools, and advocates for fair and just treatment by our civil and judicial systems. As a nation, we need to unlearn white privilege to become more culturally diverse and sensitive to the growing needs inclusive of all America people.  


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